Yoga and walking holiday in Spain
Stay at a 300 year old olive farm near the sea with pool, gym & sauna where you'll have your own double room with private bathroom as we never expect guests to share.
Description of Yoga and walking holiday in Spain
The combination of Yoga and Hiking is a great 'two for one' holiday. Whilst hiking is great for your heart & lungs, the legs can quickly tire and your back can start to ache. However!, add in some daily yoga and your body will respond beautifully by increasing muscle flexibility & strength, improve overall mobility, ease away stiffness and boost your lung capacity all of which will help you enjoy those hikes even more!
So come & join us in sunny Spain and give your health and fitness a boost. Non yogi partners/friends are welcomed too at preferential rates.
Our Yoga & Hiking Retreats take place in the coastal town of Altea, an hour north of Alicante at a 300 year old Olive farm that's now a peaceful country house hotel with 22 spacious en-suite double rooms, a pool in the garden, small gym, sauna, restaurant and a light filled yoga studio with mountain views.
This region of Spain has been declared as having one of the healthiest climates on Earth by the World Health Organisation! We're right next to the sea, have over 300 days of sunshine a year, minimal pollution & the most stunning scenery. Perfecto!
We love this hotel's location as it sits at the very point where the countryside meets the edge of town & so we have tranquil, far reaching views to the mountains but we're just a 10 minute walk to the nearby very pretty town of Altea (considered to be one of the prettiest in this area) & 25mins walk to the sea.
These retreats include twice daily yoga - hatha, vinyasa flow & relaxing yin - suitable for keen beginners right up to the super flexi yogi. Our teaching style is precise but delivered in a light hearted way with careful attention paid to safety so expect to hear plenty of alignment cues & modifications.
Everyone's body is different and so we'll encourage you to focus on how the yoga 'feels' in your body rather than trying to achieve the perfect looking Instagram worthy pose. It doesn't matter what others are doing around you, just work with what you have. Be patient, keep practicing and your body WILL open up & let you back in.
On your first morning we'll head out on nearby country lanes for an easy 14k 'Coast & Country' walk to help stretch your legs & give you a flavour of the local area.
Then, two days into the programme, we'll head to the mountains nearby where we'll take you on one of our favourite hiking trails. You'll be out for around 4-5 hours surrounded by awesome scenery, blue skies & fresh air. If we're lucky we may catch sight of eagles, choughs, red squirrels and maybe even wild boar. You'll have a picnic to take with you too which we'll stop to enjoy on the mountains whilst we take a breather. This is a wilderness walk in the mountains and so there will be loose scree at times and the occasional incline & so we suggest this is probably not suitable for anyone with vertigo, knee problems or if your fitness level is very low.
There'll also be chance for a 3rd self-guided easy coastal hike to the neighbouring town of Albir where'll there'll be plenty of opportunities to stop en-route & gaze out at the sea with a cool drink & maybe a few tapas.
TIME FOR YOU
We like our retreats to be super relaxed & so absolutely everything is optional. You're very welcome to sleep in late & skip morning yoga, laze by the pool all afternoon and miss the evening session or even bail out of the walks. It's your holiday and we just want you to do what your heart & soul desire.
In between the yoga, hikes & relaxation we also have arranged some additional activities you can do if you wish. We have:
* join Chef in the kitchen for a Cookery Masterclass
* head out on a guided bike ride
* book some gorgeous pampering therapies with our elite wellness team
* or simply, head to the beach, explore the nearby town or laze by the pool
Whilst your body is busy burning calories hiking & yoga-ing, Chef is in the kitchen preparing super tasty plant based meals for us.
Each morning before yoga, there'll be fresh fruit & herbal teas to help you slowly awaken. Then, waiting for us after yoga, there'll be a hearty buffet breakfasts filled with wholesome cereals, fruits, freshly made tortilla, hot eggs, a selection of local cheeses & cold cuts, fresh juice, breakfast cakes, yogurts, breads & jams. It's a really good start to the day.
On all but 2 evenings we take supper at the hotel. These are vegetarian - sometimes vegan - but we'll offer local fish some nights for those that would like it. On your 2 free eves your taste buds are free to explore the local dining options nearby or you can dine at 'home' at the hotel.
We are so passionate about delivering the very best yoga holiday experience we can that we deliberately limit the number of retreats we offer so that we can give you our very best attention & care. Hence our retreats ONLY operate on these dates:
2021 remaining retreats for the year
Oct 28-2 Nov
March 31-5 Apr
Apr 28-3 May
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR HOLIDAY?
* 5 nights in spacious ensuite double/twin room. As we don't ask solo guests share rooms, everyone has their own ensuite double for £75 for the week .. unless you want to bring a friend & share?
* Welcome circle on arrival day to introduce everyone
* 4x 90 minute morning & 4x 90 min evening yoga sessions where you'll learn SO much from our experienced, passionate teachers
* Guided Coast & Country hike on your first morning to stretch the legs
* Guided Mountain hike with a picnic lunch
* Maps for self-guided coastal walk
* Love Your Mind meditation workshop on Sunday eve after the long mountain hike
* Fresh fruits & tea on waking each day
* Daily hearty buffet breakfast/brunch
* 3-course suppers on all but 2 evenings
* Option to go biking, join the Spanish cookery workshop or book lovely therapies
* Time to relax by the pool, explore the nearby town or just sit with a book you've meaning to read all year
* Services of our experienced Retreat Manager each day to answer any questions & to help organise the perfect holiday for you
* Chance to bring your non-yogi partner/friend to share your room at a preferential rate & enjoy the programme except the yoga classes
* Option to join our private group airport transfers from/to Alicante. We aim to leave the airport on arrival day between 11.00 to 13.00 and arrive back at airport on final day for midday. Transfers take an hour & are €40 each way.
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7 Reviews of Yoga and walking holiday in Spain
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2019 by Lynda PageExcellent yoga teachers, brilliant food and wonderful accommodation ! Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2018 by Wendy PeregrineThe most memorable part was the friendships made within the group. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by Alessandra ManciniYoga and the relaxing and friendly organisation. A resurrection if you are tired or stressed. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Mar 2018 by Shaun StewartThere were several memorial moments--the yoga sessions with Nicole and Dionne learning a great deal; the hiking, particularly up into the neighbouring mountains to experience stunning views across valleys and plains out to the sea... Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2017 by Catherine HillierThe hike around the Puig Campana was spectacular! The twice daily yoga sessions were also fantastic: Nicole is a wonderful teacher and put on a variety of classes that were accessible to people of all ages/abilities. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2012 by Wendy Hilary Evans LotheI really did so enjoy my morning yoga sessions and learnt a lot to help me on my yoga journey. The yoga terrace was perfect...I do not have any suggestions as to how it could be better. The level of yoga was just right...not too easy or too difficult. I would certainly come again. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 May 2012 by Sarah AdamThe most memorable part of the trip at to be the beautiful setting and air of peacefulness that we lived in for the few days. Read full review
PlanetPutting People & the Planet first.
Our holidays take place at carefully chosen little hotels owned by friendly local Spanish families who, together with our retreat team, employ only local people not just because they are local, but because they are the lifeblood of the area and bring local colour and information that you'll not find in guidebooks.
These lovely local people help our holidays come alive but, in the cold light of day, we realise that we/you help keep these families together as, without your/our support, they would most likely have to separate to find work elsewhere.
Ourselves & the hotels actively recycle cardboard , paper, plastic, cans and glass using special recycling containers which guests are encouraged to use too. In addition, guest bathrooms have large dispensers of toiletries rather than small plastic bottles which need replacing more frequently & would add to the amount of recycling. You’ll also have the option to re-use the towels & linen in your room which ultimately will save water, electricity, soap & labour.
In addition to the use of low consumption light bulbs, the majority of the electricity comes entirely from the sun as our hotels have solar panels. There also have water saving devices fitted to all taps & toilets to help reduce flow & conserve water.
You'll be gently reminded to be mindful of your water & energy usage during your stay. Little things can make a big, big difference such as closing windows if using the air con, taking a shower instead of a bath, switching off lights when not in your room, opting to re-use your towels & linen and taking only what is needed at meal times to avoid food waste - you can always come back for seconds if you're super hungry!, and bringing a re-useable water bottle to avoid buying water in plastic bottles when you're here.
We are blessed to have over 300 days of sunshine a year in this region of Spain and an abundance of underground fresh water springs originating from the awesome mountains nearby. This means we have a year round supply of locally grown sun ripened delicious Mediterranean fruits & veggies that we make good use of in our retreat menus that are predominantly plant based.
In addition, one of our retreat hotels has partnered with a local olive oil producer who uses traditional methods to produce the most delicious organic oil that we use in our menus. Plus, our local town of Altea hosts an annual Eco Fair bringing together local artisans to share their knowledge and products through educational workshops, tastings & demonstrations which of course helps to raise awareness of sustainable living methods.
By coming on our retreats not only do you help support local families & their businesses but you may also like to know that you are enabling us & our hotels to support a number of charities that help local families & individuals through practical & financial support.
Organisations such as; Corazon Express that provides local families with food, practical & financial advice, the local Rotary Club & Red Cross both of whom provide humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable in our communities together with donations to local animal rescue centres who rely completely on donations to continue their work of rescuing, caring for & rehoming animals.
We encourage guests to explore & immerse themselves into the Spanish way of life by dining at local restaurants & cafes, visiting the weekly markets and buying gifts from local artisans and producers. And, if there’s a local festival … everyone’s invited to immerse themselves and taste the Spanish love for fiestas!
Ultimately, through all our actions we aim to support local communities and leave a footprint that is as light as can be.